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How will YOU invent the future?
Participating in KCIC isn’t just about coming up with a new idea. It’s also about telling the story of how you developed your invention. Below you’ll find the tools and inspiration you’ll need to get started. If you have any questions about KCIC, please email email@example.com for assistance.
Who can participate in KCIC?
- Inventors must be in grades 4-12 and live in the Kansas City metro.
- You can compete individually or as a team. You can’t do both. The requirements for teams are:
- No more than three inventors.
- All must belong to the same grade category – 4th/5th grade, 6th/7th/8th grade, 9th/10th grade, or 11th/12th grade.
- Every member of the team must complete registration and be in attendance on competition day. Teammates who do not register or come to the awards show will not be eligible for prizes to compete in the national and global competitions.
- You can participate through your school, club, after-school program, or from home.
- A parent/guardian must accompany inventors on competition day.
- There is no cost to participate!
What are the invention rules for KCIC?
- Each individual or team will be allowed to submit only one invention per KCIC season.
- Inventions must be an original idea or an improvement upon a product that already exists on the market.
- Invention submissions must include the following items: an invention logbook, a prototype, a display board, and a pitch. Please see the Inventor Toolkit section for more details.
- Returning competitors may resubmit the same invention every season only if there is evidence that a significant amount of innovation has occurred since the previous season.
- Invention prototypes must not be flammable, combustible, or present a hazard in any way.
- The following items are not allowed on your person or in your project: Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices, firearms, replica guns, ammunition, fireworks, mace, pepper spray, razors, box cutters, or knives of any size. Also, no balloons, glitter or confetti are allowed in any form.
- This is a large venue and proper expectations about behavior and projects should be considered.
To compete in KCIC, you will need to create the following items for your project: an invention logbook, a display board, a prototype, and a pitch. Use the following resources to assist you as you envision your project and move through the stages of the invention process.
Do you need some help getting supplies to create your display board or prototype? We may be able to help! Fill out this form to request the supplies you need.
You have the chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to represent your school and Kansas City at the national and global competitions. This year we expect to award up to $15,000 in scholarships and cash prizes! Award opportunities include:
- Best of Show
- Honeywell Grand Prize
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each grade category
The KCIC mentorship program is coming back for the 2022 season with even more opportunities to connect with real-world inventors and entrepreneurs. Until then, take a look at the mentors who participated in KCIC 2021!